Darezhan Omirbaev is a proponent of the Kazakh new wave. He was born in 1958, in the then Soviet Union. Meeting with enormous critical success his releases have been sporadic throughout his career. As he pulls from his own life for inspiration, his films are deeply personal affairs that investigate the personal and even subconscious of his characters. His second feature, Kardiograma (1995), a black and white tale of first love and obsession screened in Venice and won the UNESCO Prize.